General Motors Chief Engineer Electrified Vehicles Pam Fletcher recharges a Chevrolet Spark EV at the DC Fast Charger at Fashion Valley Mall Saturday, September 28, 2013 in San Diego, California.

General Motors Chief Engineer Electrified Vehicles Pam Fletcher recharges a Chevrolet Spark EV at the DC Fast Charger at Fashion Valley Mall Saturday, September 28, 2013 in San Diego, California.

Woz With His Future Chevrolet Bolt

Woz With His Future Chevrolet Bolt

At the Citi Global Technology Conference in New York last week, Pamela Fletcher, executive chief engineer for electric vehicles at General Motors, was on hand to provide information and field questions related to the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt.

Fletcher once again confirmed that General Motors was on track to begin retail sales of 2017 Chevy Bolt later this year:

“We’re living up to our commitment to bring the Bolt to life by the end of the year."

Fletcher stated:

“We have Bolts rolling off the assembly line today, with retail production on track for the end of the year.”

We assume these are validation cars that are coming down the lines, but that's been the case for awhile now, so the switch to production cars will happen soon.  We recently caught a production-intent Bolt EV out driving in the streets of San Francisco with manufacture plates.

In regards to how quickly GM moved the Bolt from concept (2015) to real-deal, Fletcher stated:

“It’s a bit gut-wrenching, but it’s exciting and it's here.”

Production-Intent Chevrolet Bolt EV Spotted In San Francisco (InsideEVs/Sean F)

Production-Intent Chevrolet Bolt EV Spotted In San Francisco (InsideEVs/Sean F)

Fletcher then turned her attention to ride-sharing and ride-hailing, as they relate to the Bolt. Fletcher stated:

“It’s (a) perfect cocoon to go about town in, so we really think that this is the right recipe, not only for the consumer but also ride-sharing."

"A flat floor, as opposed to sills with a step-over in a traditional vehicle, make it easier to get in and out of, too, so it is good for running errands."

In regards to autonomous driving, Fletcher commented:

“The Bolt plays a significant role in GM’s plan for vehicle autonomy.” 

Since day one, GM has stated that the Bolt will be a 200-plus mile electric car with a price tag of less than $30,000 after incentives. That remains true still today. GM committed to these marks and is on track to deliver on its commitment.

Source: Ward's Auto